>>9784255>Also, how does it help with assimilation and the breaking down of barriers to segment out and isolate people from the whole based on a physical characteristic?
By acknowledging that they exist, and they're not just an anomaly to make a meme about to offset the general discomfort on the part of others in the community ("Nigger [x]", "Blackachu", etc etc).>Doesn't that just enhance any sense of "othering" instead of inclusion?
You get that sense because you've never had to worry about it, or been othered in the community. By making threads like this and increasing visibility, black cosplay will be normalized.
If you post a black cosplayer in a general cosplay, you can bet at least one person will feel the need to comment on the cosplayer's race. However, that happens dramatically less often as it did before precisely because so many black cosplayers started popping up (the Black Sailor Venus cosplayer from like 2012, I believe, is what kick-started things when she spoke up about her experiences). This sort of thing is helping.